Product of Eugene Apprenticeship Program 

A partnership between Lane Arts Council and the University of Oregon Department of Product Design. 

A group of apprenticeship students works with mentor Trygve Faste on drawing designs for a desk.

The Product of Eugene program offers Lane County middle and high school students apprenticeship opportunities focused on graphic, digital, and physical design. Students will pair with an instructor or alumni of the UO Department of Product Design, utilizing the technology available at the 942 Olive building in Downtown Eugene. The 13,000 sq. ft. building features classrooms, studios, a digital design lab, plastics lab (3 types of 3D printers, laser cutter, analog shop tools), and exhibition spaces.

These students create their own coffee mug designs with mentor Kris Schaefer.

Students will work alongside their mentor to understand the profession of product design, explore specific ways to approach design, and begin creating innovative products of their own. In addition to learning a creative practice, students also explore the business aspects of a creative career, bolstering college and career readiness regardless of their chosen field.

The apprenticeship program:

  • Pairs two to three students with an artist mentor, for a total of 25 after-school hours over a ten week period for intensive, hands-on learning.
  • Supports students in creating a hands on component/project that can be presented or demonstrated at the end of the term.
  • Introduces the business aspects of a creative career
  • Provides students professional training opportunities through workshops and community art talks with international designers.

Professional artists, designers, educators, and arts organizations are working together to help students who may be considering a career in design or another creative field. Whether or not students do pursue these careers, the Product of Eugene experience aims to help them cultivate “world of work” skills they can utilize in any professional field.

Past Product Design mentors have come from such expertise as wood working, metal working, fashion design, graphic design, digital projection, 3D rendering, ceramics, and electrical engineering.

Important dates for Fall Term include:

  • Applications due September 30th
  • Thursday, October 11th – Program Kick-Off
  • October 11th-December 21st – 10-Week Apprenticeship Program
  • Friday, January 4th – Apprentice Showcase at First Friday ArtWalk

Apply for the Product of Eugene Apprenticeship program TODAY!

¡Solicite el Programa de Aprendizaje de Producto de Eugene HOY!

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Images below are from arts apprenticeship showcases from the past two years, which explored creative practices such as music, performance, sculpture, fashion, design and more. We are excited to see what this year’s students create!